October 1, 2019
Benzodiazepines are addictive and should not be taken lightly.
Success is the measure of everything in the modern age. To achieve it, one often sacrifices his time and health. It has become normal for us to do two or more jobs to gain material security, while some give up weekends and vacations for fear of losing their jobs. Driven by pressure in such a harsh modern world, family relationships and moral principles have fallen into the background.
Although we are aware that the essential solution to the problem is to change the value system, many of us prefer to take the easier route. So, in dealing with stress and daily challenges, they turn to the “little” help of chemistry. That is, they reach for substances that artificially reduce stress and create a brief semblance of happiness.
In recent years, pill abuse has grown into not only a health, but a socio-economic phenomenon, as evidenced by over 5 percent of the world population being addicted to anxiolytics. The situation is also worrying in Serbia. According to data, over 120,000 people in our country take some tranquilizers, while the number of unregistered cases is much higher.
How benzodiazepine addiction develops is revealed to you by Dr Vorobjev clinic.
Benzodiazepines cause addiction very quickly
The most commonly used benzodiazepines are bensedine, bromazepam, lorazepam and clonazepam. Since they affect the nervous system, they are used to relieve anxiety, tension, treat skeletal muscle spasms, seizures, panic disorders, insomnia.
Considering their broad effect, it is not surprising that we meet them in almost every home pharmacy. Like all medicines, they must be used solely upon the advice of a physician and for a short period of time during therapy. However, because of their accessibility, most people take them on their own.
Although they are medicines, benzodiazepines are addictive.
Regular use for only 4 weeks indicates that the dose is no longer sufficient, which means that tolerance has been created, so a larger amount is needed for the drug to have the same effect as with first taking. Already after 3 months, chronic addiction develops with visible consequences, although the process can be accelerated if combined with other psychoactive substances.
As benzodiazepines belong to a group of medicines, people who use them are unaware of the dangers of abuse. They seek help when the problem is rooted in such a way that it negatively affects every aspect of the life of the individual as well as his or her family.
Physical and psychological addiction to benzodiazepines
Believe it or not, scientists have found that benzodiazepines cause an addiction similar to that of strong opoids. Namely, they alter the structure and function of certain receptors in the brain, leading to an influx of dopamine. In this way, the desire to re-take increases. This speeds up the path from occasional use to dangerous addiction.
Physical addiction is the habit of the body to have a constant presence of the drug. So, if not taken at the usual time, it causes a crisis. Symptoms of physical addiction are increased anxiety, irritability and aggression, fear, insomnia, then loss of appetite, nausea, headache, muscle aches, rapid heartbeat, palm sweating, hand tremors, and concentration problems.
Mental addiction is, in fact, the fear of not taking the drug, i.e. being left without required daily dose.
Healing is possible!
Just like in treating drug addiction, the first and decisive step in treating this form of addiction is the person’s willingness to deal with the problem. The second, no less important, step is choosing an appropriate rehab institution.
Dr Vorobjev clinic is an accredited institution for the treatment of addictive disorders with an expert team of renowned doctors and psychiatrists. Thanks to decades of experience in this field, not only is the cure, but also identification of the underlying problem are guaranteed.
Treatment begins with accurate diagnosis of the patient’s medical condition, as well as key information about the use of the drug, such as time, amount, length…Only when the severity of addiction is determined can the detox program be chosen.
This is the hardest part because detoxification leads to unwanted symptoms, so it often happens that patients give up treatment. In order to avoid not only the bad sides of detoxification, but also the risk of discontinuation of treatment, Dr Vorobjev clinic applies fast and painless detoxification.
When the physical condition stabilizes, treatment for mental addiction begins. With the help of state-of-the-art medical psychotherapy procedures, the desire for medication is eliminated and mental balance is restored.
Even when the two-week treatment at the clinic is completed, post-treatment support continues to allow the patient to fully rehabilitate and re-socialize.
Benzodiazepines cuase an addiction that can endanger you and change your life for the worse. So let us help you!
Published on October 1, 2019
Dr Vorobjev Clinic team